Acupuncture Sports Medicine Webinar Series - Course 16

Lateral Ankle Sprain (Inversion)

Whitfield Reaves reviews various options in the Four Step approach used to treat ankle sprains.

Whitfield Reaves
Whitfield Reaves

Course Overview

Inversion ankle sprain is characterized by pain, swelling, and bruising of the lateral ankle and foot. This common sports injury results in ligament sprain and joint inflammation from inverting or inward rolling of the ankle. It is one of the most common of all sports injuries.


Ankle sprains involve injury at the level of the tendons, ligaments, and the joint. There is qi and blood stagnation in the channels and collaterals. The Gall Bladder is usually the primary meridian involved, although the Bladder and Stomach channels may also be affected. Local needling, in the region of Gall Bladder 40, may aggravate and is often avoided during the early stages of acute symptoms. Various options in the Four Step approach that Whitfield Reaves utilizes will give the practitioner numerous alternatives to local needling.


This series was introduced in 2011, and is based upon single individual sports injuries. Each course provides simple and direct video for first time viewing as well as to increase precision through repetition. Even if you have taken the newer series, Mastering the Treatment of Injury and Pain, this old series is still an excellent resource for review and is filled with clinical gems.


  • To use palpation in order to assess the severity of a lateral ankle sprain.

  • To know two distal point treatments that may be used in the treatment of the ankle sprain.To know two proximal point treatments that may be used in the treatment of the ankle sprain.

  • To describe needle technique on the local zone of the talar sinus at Gall Bladder 40.

  • To name and locate two points on or adjacent to the peroneus longus muscle.


  • 0 hrs - 15 min

    Anatomy of the ankle.

  • 15 min - 30 min

    Clinical assessment of pathology of the ankle.

  • 30 min - 45 min

    Demonstration of assessment.

  • 45 min - 1 hrs

    Demonstration of needling technique.


  • Gordon T.

    Enjoyed this session. Pertinent information nicely presented with a bonus at the end.

  • Nilsa C. (United States)

    I really enjoy Whit's candor and direct approach to the subject matter. He is informative and knowledgeable with all subject matter. I appreciated the last surprise at the end of this clip, regarding the metatarsal phalanges joint, and how to treat osteo arthritis or bunion. I will take his online learning courses again, most definitely.

  • Melony C. (United States)

    Whitfield Reaves always gives you that little bit of extra info in these presentations that you don't get from his book. I am thoroughly enjoying the series.

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Whitfield Reaves

In practice for over 40 years, Whitfield Reaves, OMD, L.Ac., specializes in the field of sports medicine. Being in the forefront of the acupuncture sports medicine field, Whitfield's experience includes working with athletes at the 1984 LA Olympic Games at the 1984 LA Olympic Games and countless other sport competitions since. He is an author, he teaches internationally as well.


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    Approved By: Florida (1), NCCAOM (1), Standard Certificate (1), California [Until 2024/05/03]* (1), IVAS (1)

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Webinar

  • Course Length: 1 h

  • Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

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